Sheffield Wednesday suffered yet another blow in their bid for survival in the Championship on Tuesday night, and several of Darren Moore’s key Owls stars badly let him down at Hillsborough Stadium.
The south Yorkshiremen are heading towards League One at a canter as they looked feeble in front of goal against promotion-chasing Swansea City.
Indeed, Wednesday managed just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, with Jordan Rhodes hugely struggling to make any sort of impact on the side, despite being kept in the starting XI – unlike top goalscorer Callum Paterson.
It’s no wonder Moore, who was back in the dugout for the first time since the international break, hooked the 31-year-old talisman off just after the hour mark.
In 64 minutes, Rhodes managed a measly 22 touches, the worst of any starter across both teams – even Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (29). It means he saw the ball just once every three minutes, and when in possession he was careless, weak and hugely wasteful.
Rhodes struggled to deal with the aerial threat of Ryan Bennett or the strength of Marc Guehi, as he won just one of his five duels (20%), both on the ground and in the air.
This was comfortably the weakest showing from any Owls player on the night, even the error-prone Tom Lees won 87.5% of his battles against the likes of Jamal Lowe and Andre Ayew, which speaks volumes.
The only chance that Rhodes did have, he fluffed it big time. Barry Bannan whipped in an inch-perfect cross to find the Scotsman, unmarked in space, but he could only head over the bar.
No player has scored more goals since Moore’s appointment than Rhodes, but Wednesday were never going to find the net against the Swans with their leading striker in such poor nick.
The Owls can ill afford their star man hitting the back burners at this point in the season, with only five games left to play, the Yorkshiremen remain seven points adrift.
League One could be confirmed as early as next week.
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